Peschiera del Garda

Peschiera del Garda what to see

Peschiera del Garda is the westernmost municipality on the Veronese shore of Lake Garda. Surrounded by the canals of the river Mincio, it lies on the slopes of the Moreniche hills. Its shores border those of the municipalities of Castelnuovo del Garda (Veneto) and Sirmione (Lombardy).

The historical centre of Peschiera del Garda is enclosed within characteristic walls that once protected the town and its inhabitants.

Thanks to organised boat tours, it is possible to admire the beauty and history of the municipality of Peschiera along the characteristic Canale di Mezzo and passing under the Voltoni bridge, considered the symbol of the city.

Curiosity: Since 2017, the Peschiera Fortress has been part of the UNESCO heritage sites.

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Peschiera del Garda in pills

THE UNMISSABLE

• Fortezza di Peschiera
• Ponte dei Voltoni
• Santuario della Madonna del Frassino

top beaches

• Spiaggia dei Cappuccini
• Spiaggia dei Pioppi
• Braccobaldo Beach

weekly market

• Monday

What to see in Peschiera del Garda

The historic centre of Peschiera del Garda is enclosed within ancient defensive walls. Indeed, for centuries the town had a distinctly military character.

Not by chance, during the rule of the Austrians, Peschiera with Verona, Mantua and Legnago constituted one of the powers of the Quadrilateral.

Today, the town has naturally softened the signs of its wartime past, offering visitors beaches, well-equipped campsites and many places to dine and spend a pleasant evening.

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Starting from its historical centre, we then discover the things to see in Peschiera del Garda:

The Fortress of Peschiera, or Rocca

A must-see with its mighty walls, ramparts and gates. The fortress of Peschiera is a pentagonal military building from the Napoleonic era inside which is enclosed the historic centre of Peschiera del Garda.

Along the walls of the fortress are gates that allow access to the historical centre, including Porta Verona and Porta Brescia, above which runs the patrol walkway that joins the Tognon and Feltrin bastions.

The Peschiera Fortress has a history rich in wartime events. During the First War of Italian Independence in 1848-1849, it suffered a long siege by Austrian troops. Despite the efforts of the besiegers, the fortress resisted and Austria eventually had to abandon the occupation.

Subsequently, the Peschiera Fortress lost its strategic importance and was gradually disarmed. During the 20th century, it was used as barracks and a prison.

In recent decades, the Peschiera Fortress has undergone a process of restoration and conservation. Today, it is open to the public and has become a tourist destination of great historical and cultural interest.

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Historical Building

The old Palazzina di Comando della Piazzaforte, commonly known as the Palazzina Storica, is famous because it was here that the resistance was organised on the Piave River on 8 November 1917 following the defeat at Caporetto.

Originally, the Palazzina Storica was used as a military barracks and residence for Austrian army officers. During the course of its history, the Palazzina Storica has undergone various transformations and uses. Today it is used for a variety of functions, including exhibition spaces, cultural events and the Museum dedicated to the Great War.

Voltoni Bridge

The symbol of Peschiera, it is the 16th-century bridge that crosses the Mincio River and connects the historic centre of Peschiera del Garda with the San Benedetto district.

The Ponte dei Voltoni, with its massive appearance, is characterised by five arches that seem to emerge from the water.

The bridge has undergone restoration over the years, but has kept its original architecture intact. Today it is a scenic place to stroll around, admiring the boats and the lights reflecting on the lake, creating an unusual romantic effect. It is also possible to admire the bridge from a closer perspective with a guided boat tour.

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Artillery Barracks

Outside Porta Verona, opposite the Bastione di San Marco, the Caserma dell’Artiglieria is worth a visit. A large arsenal wanted by Radetzky, it now houses the civic library and the historical archive, where theatre performances, exhibitions and festivals are held.

Square of Arms

Also in the historic centre of Peschiera del Garda, next to the Ponte dei Voltoni, is Piazza Ferdinando di Savoia, commonly known as the Piazza d’Armi (Square of Weapons), testifying to Peschiera del Garda’s military past and its strategic importance in the defence of the territory.

This square is a focal point of the city, a place for meeting and social life, containing traces of different historical eras.

Along one side of the square is the imposing military prison, which evokes the memory of Peschiera del Garda’s military past and guards stories and secrets linked to its history. Next to the prison stands the baroque parish church of San Martino and, not far from the church, the remains of an ancient Roman settlement can be admired, adding archaeological fascination to the square.

Officers’ Pavilion

The Officers’ Pavilion, a majestic Hapsburg-style building completed in 1856, stands in the heart of Peschiera del Garda, extending over a length of 180 metres and occupying a privileged position between Via Parco Catullo and the Canale di Mezzo. It has recently undergone a major restoration and now houses elegant activities including shops, bars and a restaurant.

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Sanctuary of the Frassino

About 2 km from the centre of Peschiera del Garda is the famous Santuario del Frassino. Legend has it that here, back in 1510, a farmer was saved from the bite of a snake thanks to the intervention of the Madonna, who appeared among the branches of an ash tree. The sanctuary was erected in the 16th century and then restored in the 20th century. Inside, an astonishing number of ex-votos testify to the long tradition of faith paid to this place.
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What to do in Peschiera del Garda

Beaches in Peschiera del Garda

If you are in Peschiera del Garda in the summer, as in other towns on Lake Garda, you will find beaches where you can have fun and relax. Some of the best beaches in Peschiera del Garda include:
  • Lido ai Pioppi beach: one of the rare sandy areas along the shores of Lake Garda. There is both a free beach and the possibility of renting umbrellas and sunbeds.
  • Cappuccini beach: a pebble beach with some grassy areas ideal for relaxation. Near these areas, there is a small playground for children.
  • Bergamini beach, characterised by small white and grey pebbles, common in many beaches on Lake Garda. Here it is possible to rent beach umbrellas and sunbeds, as well as pedal boats and canoes for a more dynamic experience.
  • Braccobaldo Beach (or Bau Beach): For those who want to spend a day at the beach with their four-legged friends, there is Braccobaldo Beach. This beach is specially designed for the enjoyment of dogs and offers designated areas for their needs.

Museum of Fishing and Lake Traditions

Antique lake boats and tools take a step back in time and local traditions. Curious is the room of the ‘calafatari’, the old master carpenters who built and repaired the fishermen’s boats. Audio guides can be requested.

Mincio cycle path

A 44 km long cycle and pedestrian path connecting Peschiera del Garda to Mantua runs along the banks of the Mincio, the river that separates the Veneto region from Lombardy. The route is suitable for everyone, including children. The Mincio cycle path starts immediately outside the fortress of Peschiera del Garda, at the height of the Feltrin bastion.
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As we have seen, Peschiera del Garda is a destination that offers a fascinating mixture of history, natural beauty and leisure opportunities.

What are you waiting for to include it in your next Lake Garda tour?

Surroundings of Peschiera del Garda

If your stay on Lake Garda permits, we suggest you explore the surroundings of Peschiera del Garda, where you will find a variety of activities and fascinating places to visit in the immediate vicinity.

First of all, in the nearby municipality of Castelnuovo del Garda there are the largest amusement parks: Gardaland, Sea Life, Movieland, Caneva World and Legoland, which offer guaranteed fun.

Not far from Peschiera del Garda, precisely in Valeggio sul Mincio, we recommend the Sigurtà Garden Park with its 60 hectares of greenery, which can be explored on foot, by bicycle or by train or shuttle. There is also a labyrinth and an educational farm.

For lovers of relaxation, we recommend the Sirmione Thermal Baths or the Colà Thermal Baths in Lazise, both of which can be reached in less than half an hour by car.

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Peschiera Lago di Garda: Faq

-by car: From the North: A22 Brenner Motorway – Modena, Rovereto Sud exit (Lake Garda North) take the SS249 state road in the direction of Mori, Torbole, Malcesine (follow signs for Garda).

From the South: A22 Brennero – Modena motorway, Affi exit (Lake Garda Sud) take the direction to Bardolino, Lazise, Garda and Malcesine.

From the West: A4 Milan-Venice motorway, Peschiera del Garda exit tollbooth take direction SS249 towards Peschiera, Bardolino, Lazise, Garda and Malcesine.

– by train, Milan-Venice line, stop Peschiera del Garda

– by plane: The nearest airports to Peschiera del Garda are Brescia’s Gabriele D’Annunzio Airport, Verona’s Valerio Catullo Airport and Orio al Serio Airport (Bergamo). From your chosen airport, you can use public transport services or hire a car to reach Peschiera del Garda.

-It is possible to reach Peschiera del Garda from other locations on the lake by ferry. Check timetables and fares with the Lake Garda ferry company.

Here are some car parks in Peschiera del Garda:

  • Parking Mandracchio 200 spaces
  • Parking Campo Sportivo 300 parking spaces
  • Parking Piazzale Porto 81 parking spaces cost
  • Parking Salita Tognon 41 parking spaces
  • Car park Ferdinando di Savoia 143 parking spaces
  • Parking Porta Brescia 255 spaces
  • Parking Lungolago Mazzini 70 spaces

If it rains in Peschiera del Garda, we recommend a visit to the Museo Della Pesca e delle Tradizioni Lacustri (Museum of Fishing and Lake Traditions) or to the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Frassino. Alternatively, if you move a few kilometres further on, you can reach San Martino della Battaglia, a hamlet of Desenzano del Garda, where you can visit the famous Torre di San Martino, from the top of which you will enjoy a splendid view of the lake.

In this article you will find more ideas on what to do on Lake Garda when it rains.

If you are on holiday in Peschiera del Garda with your children, we suggest walking or cycling along the Mincio cycle path. A more popular alternative is to travel to the nearby municipality of Castelnuovo del Garda and spend a day in one of the many water parks and amusement parks such as Gardaland, Movieland or Sea life aquarium.

You might also like a boat tour around the fortress to admire Peschiera del Garda directly from the waters of the lake.

In Peschiera del Garda you will find several beaches for bathing: Lido ai Pioppi Beach, Cappuccini Beach, Bergamini Beach, and Braccobaldo Bau Beach, if you are travelling with your dog.

Peschiera del Garda is known for its historical centre surrounded by well-preserved walls and fortifications dating back to the 17th century. This defensive system has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the city’s main attractions.

Peschiera del Garda is located in Veneto, precisely in the province of Verona, and is the municipality on the eastern shore of Lake Garda (called Riviera degli ulivi) on the border with the region of Lombardy.

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